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Statement: IHRDA condemns unlawful arrest and detention of Dr Ismaila Ceesay, calls on Gambia Gov’t to uphold its human rights obligations

Banjul, 1 February 2018 IHRDA condemns the unlawful arrest and detention of Political Scientist, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, by The Gambia Police on 31 January 2018 for expressing an opinion on national security, published in The Voice Newspaper. According to the paper, Dr Ceesay had suggested in an interview that it was important for the President […]

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Ebola Survivors, Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law file a human rights violation complaint in the ECOWAS Court against the Republic of Sierra Leone

18 December, 2017 Freetown, Sierra Leone. Two survivors of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, with support from the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, today filed a complaint with the ECOWAS Court of Justice claiming that the Government of Sierra Leone violated its citizens’ right to life and health by mismanaging funds […]

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Communiqué: ACERWC hears communication 006/Com/002/2015: IHRDA & FGI (on behalf of TFA) V. Cameroon

Banjul, 11 December 2017 The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) is today considering communication 006/Com/002/2015: Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa and Finders’ Group Initiative (on behalf of TFA, minor) V. Republic of Cameroon. By the facts of the case, TFA, a minor, was raped […]

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Commemorating Human Rights Day 2017: Statement of IHRDA

Banjul, 8 December 2017 December 10, 2017 marks the commemoration of Human Rights Day 2017, during which activities marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) will be launched with the slogan “Stand Up 4 Human Rights”. The inception of the UDHR and other human rights treaties has contributed immensely to […]

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IHRDA decries sale of humans as slaves in Libya

Banjul, 21 November 2017 Following recent media reports on the sale of humans as slaves in Libya, IHRDA expresses dismay at the practice. This practice is in contravention of Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which stipulates that, “Every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity […]

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Communiqué: IHRDA condemns arbitrary arrest of human rights defenders in Tanzania, calls for immediate release

Banjul, 24 October 2017: Following news of the unlawful arrest of thirteen (13) human rights defenders in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on 17 October 2017, IHRDA condemns the arrest and calls on Tanzanian authorities to release the said detainees. A legal consultation convened by the “Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA)” and “Community Health Services and […]

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